Tuesday, March 16, 2010

this is dedicated to the two best humans I know

no music on this post...sorry!


my bassist jamison for taste the steel is a newsanchor for a local tv station (WSEE) here






my maniacal drummer nate king


and their antics on the way to taste the steel shows

Thursday, March 4, 2010

CLUBBER LANG - NEW JERSEY



I had found out about clubber lang through a comilation put out by ENDLESS FIGHT RECORDS entitled Heavyweights. The comp had various bands who were upincoming at the time such as Unearth, Undying, Cipher, Diecast, Nora, & Unsound. Endless fight records went under in the early 2000's. and the Varisty Violence EP soon sold out quickly. The CD is extremely hard to find nowadays, I've seen copies go for almost $100. Which is ridiculous, so I've decided to scan the entire layout for you, so you can have the lyrics. I've also included the Varisty Violence demo, and a compilation song entitled "PIPE DREAM" which can be found on "Best of the best northeast" which has a lot of great east coast bands like inhuman, tears of frustration, One4One, Holdstrong, Indecision and more. Clubber Lang apparently did a reunion at this is hardcore fest last year. I think it was cold world with cooper on vocals. I don't really have too much info on that. I never got the chance to see Clubber Lang. I've heard stories of crazy shows, golf clubs and Hawaiian shirts. Maybe if you talk to someone from New Jersey they will drop some knowledge on you. Enjoy!


VARSITY VIOLENCE DEMO
VARSITY VIOLENCE EP
"PIPE DREAM" from Best of the best northeast compilation

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

COLD AS LIFE... FIELD TRIP TO HELL



Cold As Life is without one of the most influential bands probably of the last decade for heavy hardcore. Hailing from MURDER CITY DETROIT... you get a real feel for what these guys were dealing with in Detroit through their lyrics and live show. Vicious, miserable and raw! Jeff's vocal and lyrical assault is still unmatched today.
Here for you are some miscellaneous tracks from different compilations, live shows and demos with JeffG on vocals. Hope you enjoy them! I've also included a folder with various flicks that I saved years ago from the old Cold as life website before it was shut down.



FIGHT THE OPPRESSOR (The Spirit Lives On...A Tribute To Raybeez And Warzone)
FAKES (Hardcore Ball 4)
MY OWN WORST ENEMY (Only the strong Compilation, Victory records)
LIVE IN FINLAND SET (lappeenranta-finland 09-16-2000)
RINGWORM/COLD AS LIFE SPLIT 7" (Stillborn records)
DEMO 95 AND 97 (Thanks to Ryan "xGREENCLOVERx" from the B9board for a much better quality rip of the 97 demo, My tape was fucked!)


RED SKY


Today I'm going to be showcasing one of my favorite local bands from my area. All these bands now doing the death metal hardcore sound (despised icon etc..). RED SKY was the originators as far as I am concerned. Red sky was a deathcore band from Edinboro Pennsylvania, and who I feel to be one of the only band in the erie area who could actually play metal. There have been numerous bad bar metal bands coming out of erie at the time who were caught up in style of korn/the deftones etc. I've had to sit through many of these bad bands when I used to hit up the now defunct State Street Tavern. SST was a metal bar in downtown Erie that used to have all ages showcase shows on saturdays... But there was many a time that I've snuck in the back during the 21+ shows. SST turned into Nickys pub which is a fucking yuppie bar, but apparently nickys pub is now closed and theres some new bar called the crooked I in its place..anwyays back to red sky for a moment. I remember watching red sky and idolizing their drummer Phil Hogan. At the time I was just dabbling into playing drums, and was drumming in my first hardcore band downturn when I was 15. I never had drum lessons, and we just kinda winged it. We were teenagers powered on SURGE soda, and just wanted to play shows with some of our favorite local hardcore bands, (Contradiction, Red Sky, Neverfall, Abstain, Digression, Brothers keeper, xDISCIPLEx).

Knife behind the smile is one of my all time favorite hardcore metal releases, it holds a special place in my heart growing up & I know deep down that if Red Sky never parted ways in the early 2000's they would be huge today. If you take a look at all this psuedo deathcore bands out, who downtune their guitars and pig squeel, they are all terrible. Take a word of advice go listen to an obituary record and write some new riffs.


You can download their First Full Length from 1998 entitled "KNIFE BEHIND THE SMILE"on the now defunct CT label ENDLESS FIGHT RECORDS (Clubber Lang, Unearth, dissolve) and their second Full Length "II - "MPFW" released in 2000 on ALVERAN RECORDS out of Europe.